As Maryland and the United States take precautions for the health and well-being of our communities, the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) and the Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) are here for you and will continue to provide services to our clients, Rape Crisis Centers, SARTs, and other professionals. Our staff is teleworking, but we are open full time to support you.
During this time survivors of sexual violence may be experiencing increased dangers and isolation. It is important to share accurate information and resources with our community to make sure that survivors, friends & family, and service providers have the tools they need to respond in ways that are safe and supportive. This page includes resources for survivors, advocates, service providers, and communities. We will be updating this page regularly as more information and resources become available. This page is adapted from our national partners Futures Without Violence, and we have added Maryland-specific information.
Remember that you are not alone and there is support available to you at all times, including during this health crisis.
What SA/DV programs can do, adapted from the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
Resources from other groups:
Self-Care for Direct Service Providers
Methods of Self-Care
These tips, techniques and links were distributed by the Montgomery County HHS/Trauma Services staff to assist with anxieties during the COVID19 crisis we are living through. Thank you to VASAP for this resource!
|Draw & color mandalas (options here & here)||Pray||Exercise|
|Create a new routine||Practice yoga (some studios are offering online classes)||Meditate|
|Connect with friends & loved ones via FaceTime & other platforms||Listen to music||Breathe deeply|
Last updated 7/31/2020. If you have resources to share, please contact MCASA at [email protected] with “COVID19” in the subject.